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Well, I have been hit by a car!!(13 posts)

Well, I have been hit by a car!!Ligon
Sep 11, 2003 4:29 AM
Last thursday me and a couple of guys from my local shop went out for a quick spin after they closed the shop. We were riding along in a bike lane and had not even gotten out of town. All of a sudden a big ass mini van pulls right out in front of us from a street that runs perpindicular and intersects the road we are on. We were riding in a pace line so the first guy managed to get around the van but the second guy and myself had nowhere to go but right into it. The first guy hit the front of it and I t-boned the side of it. We were going about 25mph so we hit it hard. I was thrown out into the highway and seriously thought I was dying. It is the most helpless fealing in the world when the pain is so bad you cannot even move. The ambulance came and took the me and the other guy that was hit to the emergency room. I could not really breath because of the pain in my ribs so they gave me some oxygen which helped. Anyway, they took some x-rays and determined that my ribs were very bruised and possibly some small fractures. My friends leg was checked out and seemed to be okay even though it hurt like hell. The kid driving the van was only 16 and was given a ticket for failure to yield right of way. Our bikes are trashed but his insurance company has been very nice and prompt. So, I am off the bike until things heal up which really sucks now that things are begining to cool off somewhat.

Well, I just wanted to share my story and remind everyone to look out for 16 year old kids driving moms minivan:)

Ligon
Glad to see you're in good spirits...biknben
Sep 11, 2003 4:46 AM
Heal fast and have fun shopping for a new bike. :-)
I wish you a quick recovery.niteschaos
Sep 11, 2003 5:20 AM
16 year olds seem to be a bain. A cyclist was killed in Greenville, SC (where I'm stationed this semester) last weekend. He was in the turning lane wearing a reflective vest at 8am on a Saturday morning. The only car on the road that day was a 16 year old girl in her dad's Camero that went through the intersection and into the uncoming turning lane without ever seeing him. Head on, closing speed 50mph. It sucks to be doing everything right and still suffer. I'm happy to hear you didn't break anything. I was shocked to find out that cycling fatalities are so common in South Carolina that they don't even make the paper.
common story...unfortunately.Oldtrott
Sep 11, 2003 6:55 AM
We had a 16 year old take out one of the top women masters runners a while back. He was just trying to scare her by swerving at her -- but killed her instead.

Another friend got hit by a 16 year old as he crossed the street. The girl driver went acrosss the double line into oncoming traffic so that she could get to the left turn lane faster. Friend was in a coma for a few days -- 3 year recovery.

Not much you can do except pray its not your turn...
Hey Niteschaos, I am also in South Carolina.......Ligon
Sep 11, 2003 7:21 AM
I live in Clemson and heard about the cyclist that was killed over the weekend. However, I did not realize that the driver of the car was also 16. Your right, it does suck to do everything right and still suffer.

Ligon
I also got plowed into by a 16 year old last week.Turtleherder
Sep 11, 2003 6:59 AM
I was using a M.U.T. to go from one road to another. Three kids on moutain bikes going the opposite direction approached so I moved all the way over to the right. I said hello to the first two as they went past, went to look at the last kid and he went spastic or something and launches right at me. We hit almost head on and I only had time to move my head out of the way and drop my shoulder. I somehow stayed up but the kid went down hard. Of course the kids handle bar had slammed straight into my left forearm and it was swelling up big time. I was really pissed but after the kid picked himself up he said he was sorry and I realized it was just a dumb kid thing to do. Had the arm x-rayed the next day, no break, and now it is turning the most lovely shade of red, yellow and green.
Hope you all have a speedy recovery!CARBON110
Sep 11, 2003 7:30 AM
I have spent all summer building up my fitness again after being hit and finally just started racing this past week. Glad no one was seriously hurt in the first post. South Carolina is renown for being a rugh place to cycle, or at least it has a bad name here in Asheville. I know several peoople who out right refuse to ride there at all on the road. Unfortunately many lawsuits from drivers hittin cyclists there have been turned into examples of cyclists worse nightmares, with the drivers getting awway with no or little penalty.
South Carolinagf99
Sep 11, 2003 8:05 AM
Poor roads (narrow, no shoulder) and shockingly lax attitudes about DUI. Lovely combination.
Remember...not just 16 yo...wspokes
Sep 11, 2003 7:52 AM
I got pegged by a silverback in 1996. she made a left turn directly into me and I smashed her grill, fender, and windshield. She was 89 years old and told the officer she was turning left to head into town for bingo (no joke). Sad part was she hit me on a straightaway where there was no road to turn left on...God only knows what the hell she was thinking! fractured knee and some rehab and I was back...Wish you a speedy recovery. Ride carefully!
and yet another storyinnergel
Sep 11, 2003 8:13 AM
I say a prayer for you and all the other cyclists out there every night. Getting hit by a car is everyone's worst nightmare. Just like has been said before, "doing everything right, and still getting hit."

My wife was deliberately hit and run by an a**hole about a month ago at White Rock Lake in Dallas. She was just riding along by herself and this jerk drove up next to her, slowed to match her speed and then swerved into her and took off. She took a major header over the bars and had some serious road rash and bumps and bruises. Helmet cracked in 1/2 and bike torn up to high holy hell. Luckily she didn't go under the truck. The guy had just buzzed a father/son combo at 50mph about 1/2 mile behind her and they stopped to help her. She's healing up well, but still won't go out riding. I thank God every day that she's OK.

Stories like this make me sick. And I feel for every person out there riding. It's unfortunate that non-sense like this happens, and look forward to the day when it doesn't.

Feel better. Heal fast and soon. Be safe and wear your helmet.
and yet another storydave woof
Sep 11, 2003 10:04 AM
another one.

In Phoenix paper last week a firefighter (chief I think) and his wife were riding on a popular low traffic road. She was behind him, and was hit by car coming the same direction. It was a hit and run.

I believe she was airlifted to a hospital, haven't heard anything else. I ride on that road a lot - (Invergorden I think). I've had a few close calls there.

Dave
and yet another storyBaadDawg
Sep 11, 2003 1:58 PM
Well one good thing about your accident is that you hit him rather than the van hitting you. That would probably have been worse.

Last year about this time I came as close to getting killed as I ever have in my life. I'm booting it downhill into a major intersection and the car coming in the opposite direction and turning left (into my path) makes eye contact with me, stops and I proceed to boot through the intersection when some dickhead in a crapbox old beater who was BEHIND the car that stopped whips out to beat the stopped guy turning and hammers it right into me going through the intersection.

By some total miracle I did some crazy emergency move in a diagonal, managed to veer enough diagonally that the dickhead went through at full speed behind my rear wheel (only by inches) and I went over 2 medians without flipping or being hit by any cars coming off a bridge ramp that I had veered into. I came to a halt and the putz was stopped halfway down the street, looked at me, shrugged his shoulders and took off.

There were some tourists at the corner, older ladies, who were screaming to me that they didnt know how I wasn't killed.

Managed to get home and parked the bike for a few weeks and only rode a few more times that year.

This year I have had a normal year, on a new bike, but it can happen to anyone, at anytime.

Get well soon.
and yet another storybicyclerepairman
Sep 12, 2003 4:57 PM
Last Sunday my tri-athlete/ultra marathon running brother-in-law was struck by a vehicle in Bricktown, NJ. Bad leg fracture + a broken vertebra. I haven't asked him yet about his bicycle (probably his DeRosa). Won't be riding for awhile; lucky to be alive. Driver didn't see him, but did stop and stayed with him waiting for the ambulance.